Links to UN System sites on disabilities and related topics:
- World Health Organization (WHO):
This WHO Health Topics - Disabilities page provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programmes and offices working on this topic. Also shown are links to related web sites and topics.
- Health Topics: Blindness, Chronic diseases, Deafness, Injuries, Mental disorders, Poliomyelitis, Rehabilitation, Rheumatic diseases
- Disability and Rehabilitation Team
- Disability Assessment Schedule
- Injury-related disability and rehabilitation
- Neurology and public health
- Prevention of blindness and deafness
- Prevention of blindness and visual impairment
- International Labor Organization (ILO):
The ILO Disability Programme promotes decent work for women and men with disabilities and facilitates means to overcome the obstacles preventing people with disabilities from full participation in the labour markets. Working from the Infocus Programme on Skills, Knowledge and Employability, the programme involves the improvement of knowledge on disability (related matters concerning training and employment), the advocacy, guidance and policy advice to governments, workers and employers’ organisations on training and organisations of/for people with disabilities, and technical advisory services and cooperation activities.
- The World Bank:
The World Bank’s mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results. In the area of disability, it is working to ensure full participation of people with disabilities in its development work, as well as within its own organization. The purpose of this site is to raise awareness of disability and development issues. A wide range of topics will be introduced as well as links to publications and additional resources on this matter.
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
It is estimated that there are 150 million children with disabilities worldwide and that fewer than 2 per cent are enrolled in school. This number may be growing due to increasing poverty, armed conflict, child labour, violence, and HIV/AIDS. Children living in chronic poverty often suffer from poor nutrition and health, and cannot get the care they need. In developing countries, for example, 90 per cent of children with disabilities do not attend school.
- UNESCO Inclusive Education
- UNESCO Initiative “ICTs and People with Disabilities"
- ICT and persons with disabilities: Latin American perspective on mobility disability
- Voices of people with disabilities, and other UNESCO projects, news and events
- Overcoming exclusion through Inclusive Approaches in Education: A Challenge and a Vision - Conceptual Paper
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
Over 600 million people, or approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population, have a disability of one form or another. While their living conditions vary, they are united in one common experience – being exposed to various forms of discrimination and social exclusion. A dramatic shift in perspective has been taking place over the past two decades, and persons with disabilities are increasingly viewed as holders of rights. This shift to the human rights perspective, which is taking place in all economic and social systems, has been authoritatively endorsed by the United Nations.